The Offspring: It's Time For An Intervention
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 1:13PM
Jesse Zakshesky in Journal, Music, Zakshesky Independent Research

If you ever want to ruin your childhood, listen to "Cruising California (Bumpin' In My Trunk)" by The Offspring.

— Jesse Zakshesky (@zaksheskyman) May 13, 2014

Since 1984, The Offspring have released nine studio albums and have gone through various shake-ups in terms of band members. I first was introduced to them in middle school, and this California-based punk band instantly became one of my favorite groups growing up -- largely due to their Conspiracy of One album, released in 2000. Obviously, as my age progressed, so did my taste in music. However, a soft spot in my heart for this iconic band remained, largely because whenever one of their classic songs is shuffled while working out or driving, I am reminded of my childhood.

In 2012, The Offspring released their latest album, Days Go By. In all sincerity, there are a few "decent" songs present, but generally speaking, the content is largely generic in nature and none of the tracks really stand out from the rest. With that said, there is one song that has unfortunately become a guilty pleasure of mine -- Cruising California (Bumpin' In My Trunk).

Dexter Holland, the lead singer of the band (and molecular biology graduate student) was born in 1965. Perhaps I am in the minority with my reservations, but hearing a 48 year-old-man casually using the word "caboose" in his music comes off sounding creepy and weird, regardless of how catchy the song may be.

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